SPEARFISH — Hundreds of bikers lined Spearfish’s Main Street Thursday in support of America’s military and their families.
Bikers kicked off the second annual Freedom Ride with their journey beginning at Spearfish and headed north to Highway 85, with their final destination being the Buffalo Chip.
Prior to hitting the road, bikers heard comments from guests that are some of America’s elite. Former U.S. Navy SEAL and founder of the Warrior Dog Foundation, Mike Ritland; CEO of America’s Mighty Warriors, Debbie Lee; retired Navy Seal and author Jason Redmen.
Ritland thanked everyone for coming. He said it is a pleasure and honor to be able to speak to those who came for the ride. One of his service dogs was with him.
“All of these organizations are very good organizations that are near and dear to our heart,” Ritland said.
Lee, the mother of a highly decorated solider who was killed in the line of duty, spoke of her son’s commitment to his comrades.
“We do understand who paid that price for our freedom,” Lee said. She told military in attendance. “God bless our veterans and God bless America.”
Redmen spoke of the crushing blow to his heart when an extensive number of his teammates were killed in the line of duty.
“We have the best military in this world,” Redmen said. He added that he had the honor of working with every branch of military services and gave a special salute to each of the armed forces and thanked them for their contributions.
Proceeds from the ride go to benefit a number of organizations that support military and their families.
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